Winter Road Trips in Mexico
Why don’t we enjoy all our beloved Mexico has to offer this winter?
Rolling by Mexico
Winter is just around the corner, the perfect time to wear our favorite scarf, hat, a nice coat and fluffy gloves; for many people it’s the time to stay at home with a cup of hot chocolate and watch a movie: enjoying the warmth of home. But not for us! Winter is also a great season to have fun, especially in Mexico.
Pack light luggage and hop on the car, because these six ideas will inspire you for your next road trip in Mexico:
1.- Arteaga, Coahuila
Located in north Mexico, this Pueblo Mágico is known as the “Mexican Switzerland”, perfect place to admire beautiful snowy landscapes. Don’t forget to visit Monterreal Forests, which has several slopes for skiing (even when there is no snow); if you’re looking for a place relax, rent a cabin and enjoy the brown and green wooded landscapes. Take a stroll through its quiet streets enjoying the architecture of the temple dedicated to San Isidro Labrador and taste the unique fruit liqueurs of Coahuila.
Continuing our trip, we are going south to the center of Mexico…
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2. Xilitla, San Luis Potosi
If you’re looking for a warm weather mixed with a surreal landscape, Xilitla (Nahuatl: Land of snails) is the perfect combination. This magical place is perfect for rafting, rappelling, hiking, jumping into waterfalls and camping; it also has natural areas inhabited by parrots and a variety of wildlife.
Two miles away from the villages you’ll find “Las Pozas”. The trip is a bit long but totally worth it: here you’ll find the Surreal Garden of Edward James. Its last constructions are from 1984, moss and ferns still populate the sculptures which make you feel as if you were walking through a “lost city” in the middle of the jungle. The discovery of this garden has perplexed visitors, as there are buildings that defy the law of gravity, a dreamlike experience!
3. Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Another amazing road trip in Mexico during winter would be Oaxaca. A destination where tradition, cuisine, colonial architecture and ancient civilizations are mixed; rich in history and culture. Oaxaca offers a warm weather all year. Make sure to visit the archeological site Monte Alban, the beautiful Mitla, Yagul, and Dainzú.
If you want to see Oaxaca deeply, you must go to the town markets where you’ll find incredible handicrafts, artisanal chocolate, the original Mexican mole, edible crickets (most popular snack in this area of the country), the one and only Oaxaca Cheese, and delicious Tlayudas: huge tortilla served with beans, beef, jerky or beef and cheese.
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4. Comitan, Chiapas
The state of Chiapas is a “must” when visiting Mexico. Many people usually go to San Cristobal de las Casas and Cañón de Sumidero, but miss a small and unique town called Comitan. With an enviable climate, exotic flavors, flower-filled courtyards and immemorial vestiges of Mayan culture, Comitan is considered the tourist heart of the region of Los Llanos.
Very close to Comitan, there are two archaeological sites: Tenam Bridge, a prehispanic site with a ballgame court, and Chincultik, a Mayan temple with an impressive cenote. Other must-see sites are Lagunas de Montebello National Park, the waterfalls El Chiflon and Lagos de Colon.
5. Campeche, Campeche
The ideal destination for those looking to escape the tourist crowds with peaceful beaches, a charming colonial harbor, Mayan ceremonial centers and nature reserves. Here sits the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve: the largest protected area in Mexico, a mixture of forests and underwater vegetation.
Campeche is distinguished for its cuisine: the main ingredient is shrimp, which may be prepared with coconut, natural or in a cocktail. Another attraction are the archaeological sites submerged off the coast of Campeche, designed for both novice and expert divers, a guide and equipment in good condition is essential for this adventure.
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6. Bacalar, Quintana Roo
What a paradise town is Bacalar in Quintana Roo! An idyllic town, gateway to the underwater caves of the Blue Cenote and interesting Mayan archaeological sites covered by the jungle. Definitely one jewel of Southeast Mexico: perfect for a road trip during winter because the weather in this state is always like summer.
The main attraction is its lagoon, where you can discern seven shades of blue. A good reason to drive south is the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an: a protected natural area that includes 23 archaeological sites, reefs, mangroves and cenotes. You can drive to this magical place from Chetumal City taking the road to Carrillo Puerto, about 25 miles away, look for the highway signs to Bacalar.
Quintana Roo is home to many beautiful beaches, adventure activities, Parks and cenotes ideal for traveling with family, friends or with your significant other.
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Where would you like to go on a road trip in Mexico?